Alan Hitchcox

Editor in Chief, Penton Media

Alan joined Hydraulics & Pneumatics in 1987 with experience as a technical magazine editor and in industrial sales. He graduated with a BS in engineering technology from Franklin University and has also worked as a mechanic and service coordinator. He has taken technical courses in fluid power and electronic and digital control at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin and has served on numerous industry committees.

Posts by Alan Hitchcox

in The Hitch Post May 23, 2013

The Old Timer Part 23: A Lesson in Air Valve Center Positions

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., learned that you have to consider the system — rather than a single component — during both design and....More
in Fluid Power Talk May 16, 2013

Waste Expo and Fluid Power Conference coming up quick

The Fluid Power Conference & Expo co-locates at WasteExpo, which will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans May 20-....More
in The Hitch Post May 15, 2013

The Old Timer Part 22: Don't Let Your Pump Go to Pieces

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post May 10, 2013

The Old Timer Part 21: Hi-lo Circuit Solves Cushion Problem

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 29, 2013

The Old Timer Part 20: Water to the Rescue

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 22, 2013

The Old Timer Part 19: Same Valve, Twice the Flow

The Hitch Post The Old Timer Part 18: Avoid unwanted intensification Apr....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 17, 2013

Electrohydraulics runs giant elephant

Gigantic. Majestic. Futuristic. Even scary. Those are just some of the words that describe the Great Elephant at Machines of the Isle, in Nantes,....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 12, 2013

The Old Timer Part 18: Avoid unwanted intensification

Most hydraulics courses include an example to illustrate an intensification problem that occurs when holding vertical loads with a cylinder. A....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 08, 2013

Cleaner Air, Cleaner Fluid

As I've been browsing through old issues to resurrect sage words from The Old Timer of royal Oak, I come across other gems that I think are....More
in The Hitch Post Apr 01, 2013

The Old Timer Part 17: Penniless Project Recycles Rejected Components

The Old Timer of Royal Oak, Mich., was a regular contributor to H&P years before we ever even heard of the internet. But most of his advice is....More